No, we let donors choose which programs to donate to, but not individual recipients.

Practically speaking, if we did the latter we would risk being regulated as a money transfer service and losing our charitable status. Philosophically, we aim to target the poorest possible recipients, and not those with compelling profiles or narratives. Finally, it keeps costs down.

If you’d like to get a better sense of how your donation is impacting recipients check out GDLive! Create an account and “follow” recipients. That will allow you to see how recipients are using the money as they receive each payment, and how it’s affecting their lives. A lot of our donors have reported that GDLive gives them a feeling of closer connection to the individuals they’re helping.

Back to List